Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Basic Library Information

  • How do I contact the Library?
    Go to our Contact Us Page for all our contact information.

  • What are the hours of operation for all of the Branches?
    Go to our Hours and Closings Page for all branch hours of operation.

  • How do I get a library card?
    If you do not have a library account with MCLS, but believe you are eligible for one, you have two options:
    1. Visit the closest branch to complete an application. To do so, you will need an ID, proof of residency, and children under the age of 14 need the permission of a parent or guardian. Go to Part 5 of our System Policies, Applying for a Library Card, for more detailed information.
    2. Submit an online request for a card. This will great you temporary access to all of our services, which will expire after three months. You will need to visit your home branch within that time to verify your library account information and show proof of eligibility. You will be given a physical library card and key tag barcode at that time. To register online, go to our Online Library Card Application.

  • Is the fines and fees schedule for MCLS available on your website?
    Yes. Go to Attachment A: Fines and Fees Schedule in our System Policies. This page includes information on the loan periods for each item.

Finding What You Need

  • How do I find out if the Library has something I want?
    The easiest way is to search our catalog, which you can do online on the MCLS Catalog Website or via BookMyne, a mobile application (BookMyne – App Store or BookMyne – Google Play). If you don't feel comfortable searching on your own, you can call the Reference Desk at any of our branches. The phone numbers can be found on our Contact Us Page. (Note: Our Reference Librarians can take only three searches/hold-requests per call.)

  • How do I use the online catalog?
    Go to the Catalog Help page for detailed instructions on how to use the MCLS Catalog Website.

  • How can I obtain a book that is not at the Mercer County Library?
    For newly published/released items, use our Suggest for Purchase Form as we prefer to purchase new items rather than loaning them from another library. For specialized, expensive, or older books that a typical bookstore or library does not have, use our Interlibrary Loan Request Form to request older items from libraries outside our system. If you don't feel comfortable submitting these forms on your own, you can call the Reference Desk at any of our branches. The phone numbers can be found on our Contact Us Page.

  • Where do I get eLibraryNJ help?
    For eLibraryNJ help, go to the OverDrive Help website.

Events and Services

  • Do you have Book Discussion Groups at the Library? How about other types of adult programs? How about programs for children and young adults?
    Yes to all three questions. Most branches offer at least one Book Discussion Group. All of our branches offer adult, teen, and children programs and events. You will find all programs and events on our online calendar.

  • Are there rooms available for local community groups to meet?
    Yes. However, due to COVID-19, we are not offering this service at this time.

  • Does the Library offer a notary service?
    Yes. However, due to COVID-19, we are not offering this service at this time.

Technology at the Library

  • Are there computers available for public use?
    Yes. Please be aware that you will need to log on to the computer. If you have a library card, the username is the barcode found on the back. If you are a visitor, guest passes are available at the reference desk which provides a temporary username. A guest pass allows for one hour of computer time.

  • What is the cost of printing on the copier? What is the cost of printing from a public computer?
    Copier printing is ten cents per page. Printing from a public computer costs ten cents per page for black-and-white copies and fifty cents per page for color copies. Note: You can now request to print what you need via our Remote Printing Services. We can print what you need and you can pick it up outside the library. No need to come in!

  • Do you have scanners for public use?
    Yes. Each Branch has a scanner connected to its quick-stop public PC.

  • Does the Library offer free wireless access to the Internet?
    Yes. Go to our Free Wi-Fi Page for more information and instructions to connect. No library card, username, or password required.

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